Ceramica OPERA GROUP srl is able to test the main technical characteristics of the materials produced in its laboratories, in order to determine the level of use performance according to the standards in force.
As a further guarantee for the consumer, OPERA GROUP srl has the quality of its products checked at the main international testing institutes.
WHO CREATES THE STANDARDS
The creation of the single European market and the globalization of trade on a world level have inevitably shifted the center of gravity of regulations towards supranational areas. The bodies responsible for creating shared standards are named below:
- ISO: International Organization for Standardization (issues the ISO standards valid worldwide)
- CEN: Comité Européen de Normalization (issues the EN standards valid in Europe)
- UNI: Italian National Unification Body (represents Italy in supranational bodies, acknowledges and publishes international standards at national level and issues nationally valid standards)
A standard referred to as UNI EN ISO means that it is implemented at European and Italian level.
WHAT THE STANDARDS ARE FOR
- Promote safety, quality of life and environmental conservation by regulating products, processes and services.
- Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the economic system, unifying products, performance levels, test methods and control systems.
- Promote international trade by harmonizing rules and controls on products and services.
- Facilitate communication by unifying terminology, symbols, codes and interfaces.
- Safeguard the interests of the consumer and the community.
All this, in the ceramic tile sector, means determining:
- product classification
- characteristics that the products must possess in relation to their use
- measurement and test methods to quantify the different characteristics
- sampling and control criteria for a batch of products
- acceptance requirements for each characteristic and for each type of product
- equirements for the identification, specification and labeling of each type of product
(Comité Européen de Normalisation)
Although not legally binding, CEN EN 14411 standards are used as a reference in the event of claims and litigation. These standards are accepted by the following CEN member countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. Opera Group srl complies with ISO 13006 standards, which are accepted in most countries across the world Ceramic Opera Group srl guarantees its products as complying with UNI EN 14411 – ISO 13006 standards.
MADE IN ITALY
The production of our products is entirely made in Italy, with production lines continuously renewed and expanded over time, also to guarantee a punctual compliance with current safety regulations. We write with pride “Made in Italy” on our tiles because they are synonymous with creative passion, the essential values that inspire our choices and activities every day.
The CE mark is the safety product certification required by EU and it is finalized to preserve the people’s health and the goods in buildings . The new Regulation UE N. 305/2011 The most important news is the introduction of the Declaration Of Performance (DOP) with which the supplier communicates the safety requirements concerning own materials.
UPEC is the French technical quality mark, a product certification issued by the French CSTB institute to ensure the suitability of a product for different intended uses. In fact, each environment involves different types and degrees of stress and each coating obtains different scores in terms of resistance to wear from foot traffic (U), to mechanical stress (P), to the presence of water (E) and to chemicals (C). The complete list of certified Opera Group srl products is available on the CSTB official website.
For further information: https://evaluation.cstb.fr/fr/carreau-ceramique/detail/2911/
CCC – China Compulsory Certification for the sales of porcelain stoneware tiles within the Chinese market. CCC certification refers to the standard requirements relevant to the safety and health of the end user and is granted exclusively by the institutes certified by the Chinese Authorities.
For further information: www.ctc.ac.cn
VOC – COV
This classification allows the evaluation of the level of pollution that a certain product is able to bring to the air in a closed environment.
In recent years the desire to measure the impact of products on the environment and the wellbeing of people has increased dramatically: air pollution, even in indoor environments, has become a recurring theme that all players in the construction industry have to take into consideration.
They are basically found in solvent- based materials such as varnishes, adhesives, wood treatments, etc.
Ceramic tiles, by their very nature, do not contain any VOCs: ceramics are in fact mineral products of mineral chemistry and not of organic chemistry, and their firing at more than 1200 °C degrees guarantees the total destruction of any possible organic residue, specifically of the VOCs. For this reason ceramic tiles are always classifies as A+, since they do not release any toxic substance into the environment.
Conformity Assessment Programs – Cap
Export To Kuwait
Kuwait conformity assurance scheme (KUCAS)
A mandatory compliance verification program for specific regulated products is established by the (Public Authority For Industry Of The State Of Kuwait – Pai).
The certification attests the conformity of imported products to Kuwait’s mandatory standards..
Intertek’s certification process is divided into two phases:
- Product verification – Technical Evaluation Report
- Verification of the shipment – Technical Inspection Report
Export to Saudi Arabia
The saudi standards, metrology and quality organization (SASO) has implemented the product safety program (SALEEM) for online export certification for saudi arabia.
The conformity assessment of products covered by these technical regulations, called regulated products, is a process divided into two phases:
- Step 1: Issue of the Product Certification of Conformity (PCoC)
- Step 2: Issue of the Shipment Certificate of Conformity (SCoC)
Export to Nigeria
SON Conformity Assessment Program to Export to Nigeria (SONCAP)